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AIBU to say NO to sending my Child to School when there is no Electric?

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Kassy69 Fri 18-Nov-16 09:36:28

Should my DD be allowed to still go to school when there is no heating or Electric?

Views/Opinions or experience if this has happened to your childs school.

treaclesoda Fri 18-Nov-16 09:41:15

I sat my transfer test in P7 in a classroom in November with a SuperSer heater at the front because there was no heating or electricity due to industrial action. We wore our scarves and gloves and all thought it was great fun. She'll be fine.

frikadela01 Fri 18-Nov-16 09:41:18

I thought it was standard practice to shut school if the heating or electric packed in. it certainly was when I was at school.
It's completely unreasonable to expect children and the staff to be in school at this time of year if there is no heating. We have snow here this morning, deffo needing the heating on today.

treaclesoda Fri 18-Nov-16 09:42:27

If you're too young to remember SuperSer heaters, they used a gas canister and burned a tiny flame and gave out very little heat.

Seeline Fri 18-Nov-16 09:42:36

I think it will partly depend o nthe age of the child.

Primary school kids may find it hard to deal with no heating at this time of year. Lighting will be poor and I would query the provision of any school meals.

Secondary scholl kids may cope better with low temps, but probably depend more on electrical devices - interactive whiteboards, PCs/laptops etc. Again lack of light and food would be an issue.

I am surprised that the school is staying open, but if it is, it presumably thinks it can meet all the above requirements.

Kassy69 Fri 18-Nov-16 09:43:21

My DD is only 4 and I was expecting the school to close.

treaclesoda Fri 18-Nov-16 09:44:30

Well, a four year old, maybe not.

If she was nine or ten I'd say it's no big deal as long as they get to wrap up warm.

LittleMissUpset Fri 18-Nov-16 09:44:51

If she is 4 school isn't compulsory until age 5 anyway so I would keep her off.

CwtchMeQuick Fri 18-Nov-16 09:45:12

I wouldn't be sending my child to school if there were no heating. Our local secondary shut for a day last week due to the same thing.

Trifleorbust Fri 18-Nov-16 09:45:37

Depends how cold it is, I suppose.

Kassy69 Fri 18-Nov-16 09:46:43

That's what I thought Littlemissupset but school was quite pushy.

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Fri 18-Nov-16 09:47:15

If the head teacher has assessed that it is safe I'd want a lot more info before second guessing his/her position.

Is there definitely no heating? Many schools have gas heating. And if no heating then what is the temperature in the class rooms? If it's warm enough then it's warm enough.

Frequency Fri 18-Nov-16 09:48:08


There is no/inadequate heating where I work. After a six hour shift at this time of year I am in physical pain from the cold.

harderandharder2breathe Fri 18-Nov-16 09:50:04

My secondary school tried to stay open with no electricity 15 years ago or so. It was horrible. Freezing cold and even then lots of teachers relied on electricity with overhead projectors. They cancelled morning break because even the good kids were just gonna walk out. We got sent home about 11

My sisters primary school was also affected and was closed from the get go

HelenaJustina Fri 18-Nov-16 09:50:38

Hmmm, appropriately attired it wouldn't be awful today though hot meals at lunch might be an issue - depends if they cook with gas and if that is still available. Light would be more of an issue but I'd expect teachers to plan around that come 2/3pm

Trifleorbust Fri 18-Nov-16 09:51:44

I'd expect teachers to plan around that come 2/3pm.

What would you suggest? 😂

MrsJayy Fri 18-Nov-16 09:51:45

How were they going to organise lunches if there is no electric or heating? Weird they didnt close the school

vanillavelvet Fri 18-Nov-16 09:52:03

I'm with Movingonup, surely the school will have assessed the situation. They have decided it's safe open as usual.

scaryclown Fri 18-Nov-16 09:53:02

Well apart from this thread bringing back awful memories of how many crisp packets were stuffed behind electric heaters in very flammable 'temporary' huts, I don't think its ureasonable to not send, and I don't think its unreasonable to send.

Workplaces struggle legally without heating, but one off days seem to go ahead, and as long as she has good few layers with her and hat and good breakfast iit wont be too bad. the more pupils..the more warmth remember!

SaucyJack Fri 18-Nov-16 09:54:46

I think that the school should offer parents the choice.

Kassy69 Fri 18-Nov-16 09:54:46

This happened on Wednesday and hot meals are made off site so I don't think that was an issue, but going to the toilet in the dark was an issue for my DD, she wet herself twice.

I just want to know where I stood really on refusing to send her if this happens again. smile

LineyReborn Fri 18-Nov-16 09:55:46

So many things now need an electricity supply to work - gas boilers, phone systems, fire alarms, teaching aids - that I'm surprised the school thinks it can function.

Trifleorbust Fri 18-Nov-16 09:56:34

Saucy: Why? It's either a suitable environment in the Head's opinion or it isn't. I don't see why a choice should be offered.

witsender Fri 18-Nov-16 09:56:47

If it is just heating that is affected then fine, it isn't that cold. However fire alarms etc, lights?

NonFatTofuttiRiceDreamsicle Fri 18-Nov-16 09:57:02

At four, I would keep her off.

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